The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that a new regulation “will codify long standing standards that dictate when immigrants can be considered an economic burden on the country.” According to CBS News, a new regulation will take effect in December, and “[USCIS] will only consider green card applicants a public charge if “they are likely at any time to become primarily dependent on the government for subsistence.” A green card is a nickname for Legal Permanent Resident status (LPR).
The new DHS regulation supports the final rule on public charges grounds of inadmissibility. The new rules make it easier for low-income immigrants to get green cards. This rule will take effect on December 23. USCIS will only consider green card applicants a public charge if “they are likely at any time to become primarily dependent on the government for subsistence.”
In the 2021 fiscal year, USCIS received approximately 648,000 green card applications, according to USCIS data. And in the first half of the 2022 fiscal year, the USCIS received 280,000 new green card requests.
You are not required to hire a lawyer to apply for a green card. But as many applicants have learned that if the application is incorrect, missing documentation or you miss a deadline. You can also lose time, and money and have your application delayed or denied.
Hiring an experienced immigration lawyer is a smart choice. It can save you time, money and prevent your immigration application from being delayed or even denied.
The increasingly complex rules governing legal admission to and naturalization in the United States have made the immigration process difficult to understand. With experience in many immigration cases, Mario Godoy and the other experienced immigration attorneys at the Godoy Law Office can assess your situation and advise you on your best options. Call Godoy Law Office today at 630-912-0322.